April 1, 2012 Subject:
Quite a few episodes are available at Free Classic TV Shoes
March 31, 2012 Subject:
This is the Pilot episode.
This episode is the pilot. Mickey belongs to a little theater group and has yet to be cast in a part, He is the understudy to the male lead, who comes down with a sore throat - will Mickey be able to remember his lines?
April 2, 2011 Subject:
This episode was co-authored by Blake Edwards.
Mickey isn't a teenager in this series; in episode 2 he says that he's over 21.
Like the man said.... there were 39 episodes to this little wintertime series BUT apparently it was cast against some other program in the same time slot that was more popular.
Mickey is charming and makes his character believable with his own brand of finesse.... for example: He asks "Where's Dad?" and as the word "Dad" is spoken he makes an obvious glance around the room.... Just as naturally as you or I would. How often have you asked where is some-one or some-thing just as you are looking around to see if just by chance you missed it the first time? That kind of insight was not learned but is just a natural part of Mickey Rooney's uncommon talent.
As to the episode titles.... I found a few:
1. Episode #1.16 (????) - Mickey Mulligan
2. Episode #1.1 (28 August 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
3. The Moon or Bust (4 September 1954) - Mickey Mulligan, executive producer
4. Disc Jockey (11 September 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
5. Double Trouble (18 September 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
6. Private Eye (25 September 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
7. The Grunion Hunt Mystery (2 October 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
8. Ghost Story (9 October 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
9. The Lion Hunt (16 October 1954) - Mickey Mulligan, executive producer
10. The Bronc Buster (23 October 1954) - Mickey Mulligan, Soundtrack (performer: "Jack Miller"), executive producer
11. Tiger Mulligan (30 October 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
12. Episode #1.11 (6 November 1954) - Mickey Mulligan, executive producer
13. Episode #1.12 (20 November 1954) - Mickey Mulligan, executive producer
14. The Executive (27 November 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
15. The Seance (4 December 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
16. The Voice (11 December 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
17. Fan Mail (25 December 1954) - Mickey Mulligan
18. Scoop Mulligan (1 January 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
19. The Fur Coat (8 January 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
20. The Basketball Star (15 January 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
21. The Wedding Present (22 January 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
22. Mickey and the Mummy (29 January 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
23. Seven Days to Doom (5 February 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
24. Cinderella Nell (12 February 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
25. Star Struck (19 February 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
26. The Average Man (26 February 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
27. Friends and Foes (5 March 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
28. The Producer (12 March 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
29. Society Woman (26 March 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
30. The Giant Killer (2 April 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
31. The Surplus Store (16 April 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
32. The Guardian (23 April 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
33. The Robot (7 May 1955) - Mickey Mulligan
More later as I find them....
March 10, 2009 Subject:
The 39 black and white half-hour episodes of "The Mickey Rooney Show" were originally broadcast from 1954-55 on NBC. The series was subtitled "Hey Mulligan", a reference to Rooney's character Mickey Mulligan.
This was Rooney's first and probably least known TV series and amazingly the perpetual child star (who was in his mid-30's) is still playing a teenager. Young Mulligan is a page working for a fictional television network and has acting aspirations; generally a reprise of his eager and fast-talking Andy Hardy character.
In 1954-55 much of America had yet to purchase their first television set and even relatively experienced viewers knew little about the inner working of the networks. So the segments of Mulligan at his day job would have had a certain novelty. Segments in which Mulligan attended acting classes in the evening (with Alan Mowbray as his teacher) and segments at home with his parents (played by Claire Carleton and Regis Toomey) supplemented the network page scenes.
The writing (Blake Edwards was chief writer) is not bad by early television standards but the show itself is more interesting as a curiosity than for the entertainment value of its content. Amazingly, it has been released on DVD.
March 10, 2009 Subject:
Interesting Early Series
Thanks for posting this interesting early TV series. I hadn't encountered any episodes from this program before. Information about this series can be found here: http://www.tv.com/the-mickey-rooney-show/show/74859/episode.html